Privacy Badger + Adblock = Winning Combo

Combination of Champions

Why use an Ad-Blocker? I monetize my own sites (for crying out loud!), yet here I am, being hypocritical, and blocking advertising with which I attempt to solicit to you…Why??? I would be wiling to disable those ad-blocking mechanisms, but I don’t because time and time again, eventually, someone screws up and attempts to barrage my attention with advertising (that I will never bother paying attention to I might add) causing the violently painful full cycle of ad-blockery. I understand that we all need to make a living (believe me), hell, I may be wiling to even disable them if I were asked directly — yet I am usually of the volition to keep them on (by default) for all sites I visit .. unless of course they break said site — then I just avoid said site altogether if possible. However, blocking ads is only one portion of the problem, the 2nd portion, tracking cookies — has been a growing problem. (I would like to add that there is a third emerging enemy — it’s the opt-in email popup windows that everyone and their mother feels we want to join — so they can sell your email to the next person in line.

I have taken to publicly shaming culprits [such as Yoast] on twitter as a result of the shenanigans and request you, bystander, join me in my efforts please.) Though recently the Electronic Frontier Foundation has developed a solution: Privacy Badger. For all intents and purposes, consider that I am giving a full endorsement to this software. Let the record state that I am not being paid for this; it is of my own accord to write here today.

Today I will be sharing my experience about running Adblock and Privacy badger at the same time; this started initially as a one week experiment that I’ve been running now for a couple months. I decided to try running both simultaneously because others complained that privacy badger was both too restrictive and too permissive at the same time, yet that it is the only software (I am aware of) that blocks tracking cookies, “So I figures, why not!?! Let’s try them both , how bad can it get?” You know the whole colloquial: “Don’t combine antivirus solutions because they will just report each other and cause a bigger mess?” Let’s see how this pans out!

With the challenge accepted, it had been a few days and I’m still in one piece. I spent my time getting acquainted to privacy badger and appreciate it a bit more after getting used to it. I didn’t like how it blocked some of my favorite services such as pu.ush and disqus but those were easily mitigated once i set them to approve. Also I had a few problems with some form inputs on a few websites and found that I just had to bite the bullet and disable privacy badger on those sites. I’ve also had to disable it on certain trusted sites that I can’t recall at this time. <<< That was the inital portion of my writing — From what i see the last time I wrote this was 12–14–15 (cool date :). I’ve been still using the combo now (1–30–2016) I don’t really run into issues all too often. When things do go wrong, basically its a form does not work like it should and I think that’s because the forms are locked in on — for example, I was submitting up some documentation (the form itself is embedded on the page with using anchor links — I think this form was likely an embedded ajax form (I see that it has to do with being fully blocked). This happens and I have to submit the form over again after confirming that it was broken (by the lack of action or response from the web page). Though as I said before, once you determine which specific piece breaks which part — its trivial to configure privacy badger to ‘Just Work’.

In the days since I’ve setup this configuration I no longer get excessive ads on the page, no longer get the embedded double underlined green links, no longer deal with any form of youtube video ads on my computer — they still occur on my actual game console with the app however. My single caveat emptor with this strategy is that sometimes (I mean very rarely sometimes) I get a slow response from the web because each different script is being parsed using Adblock and Privacy badger — I would suspect this adds maybe 1/2 a second each time I visit a page that has numerous script dependencies. In Closing, I strongly encourage and recommend everyone to use this combination of ad-blocking software and privacy badger!

From here, I plan to determine how to best configure my own ads to respect and follow privacy badger’s tracking rules…Stay tuned for part two! If you enjoyed reading this post by me and am interested in other things I may be doing (such as using and reviewing bitcoin products, complaining about TomFoolery, or otherwise) Feel free to visit honeybadgerofmoney or strongarmskeptic…have a great day, Interwebz!

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